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Sinkhole session (NH 8.6) at EGU 2012
we would like to draw your attention on the following forthcoming
Scientific Session on Sinkholes at the General Assembly of EGU in
Vienna, next April:
Session NH8.6 "Sinkholes: from susceptibility to risk evaluation and
mapping" at EGU General Assembly (Vienna, 22-27 April 2012)
Convened by: Mario Parise, Giulio Iovine, Stefania Nisio
Sinkholes are widespread in many countries of the world, in several geological and morphological settings, affecting distinct lithotypes either in the detrital cover sequences or in bedrock outcrops. In particular, some phenomena develop in geomorphological context characterized by plain areas and notable detrital coverages, either made of sediments or colluvial or residual terrains, thick even tens to hundreds of meters. In some cases, the genetic mechanisms are poorly understood; they can be quite complex and appear not directly connected with classical karstic processes. The recent urban development and the increasing need of spaces for infrastructures in areas potentially affected by sinkholes require a better comprehension in terms of related susceptibility, hazard and risk. The session aims to stimulate the discussion on the state-of-the-art of the studies on the mentioned topic, with special regard to sinkholes in plain not-karstic areas. Analyses of genetic mechanisms, methodological examples of investigation, and case studies are welcome, as well as description of techniques for evaluating susceptibility, hazard and risk.
Note: A selection of studies presented at this session will be considered for publication in a special issue of a relevant international journal.
For info on how to submit an Abstract see this page.
or go directly at the sessions page, choose Session NH8.6, and press "Abstract submission"
The deadline for the submission of Abstracts is 17 January 2012.
In case any technical questions arise, please contact us.
For any questions relevant to the Session organization please do not
hesitate to contact me
We hope to see you in Vienna!
Mario Parise and co-conveners
by Raul Perez-Lopez on 23 Sep, 2014
Cecilio López-Tercero, profesional speleologist was injured during the exploration of the karst system in Leymebamba, Amazonas, located in the Andean Cordillera The fatality occured the past Thursday, 18th of September during an international exploration at 400 meters depth The caver was seriously injured by a falling of 5 meters First reports said that he is in conscience and his life is not in danger Several Rescue Teams of Spain and South America were displaced to the cave and are right now working hard to extract the caver from the hollow black pitch Cecilio, is not able to move his legs and his arms and probably, he suffers high damage in at least two disks of her back bone More information available at http://rescateintimachayblogspotcomes/. ...
by Speleogenesis News Manager on 09 Sep, 2014
Dear Colleagues: This is an invitation for you to participate in an important session on "Evaporite Karst in the Greater Permian Basin of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado" I will chair the session at the South-Central Section, Geological Society of America (GSA) meeting that will be held in Stillwater, OK, on March 19-20, 2015 Work being done by you or your colleagues on dissolution of evaporites (gypsum, salt, potash), brines generated, brine emissions, dissolution processes or results, caves, cavities, sinkholes, collapse features, engineering/environmental problems, etc, are all appropriate for the session The work can be a state-wide or regional survey, or site specific, and the evaporite karst can be either natural or human induced Oral and/or poster presentations are welcome An earlier session on "Evaporite Karst and Engineering and Environmental Problems in the United States" was convened by James Neal and me at the 2002 Annual Meeting of GSA, and we published the proceedings of that session as Oklahoma Geological Survey Circular 109 Now I want to focus on evaporite karst in Permian strata in the extended Permian Basin of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado It is my hope that we can pull together the upcoming-GSA presentations (plus a few others) into a well-deserved publication, after the Stillwater meeting The attached map shows the approximate extent of the Permian salts, but I know that Permian gypsum/anhydrite beds extend beyond the salts in some of the shelf areas, and these strata are also fair game This map covers a vast area of the southern Great Plains, east of the Rockies, and I know there are many projects that are (or have been) carried out in the area that have not yet seen publication, or where new work is leading to modified and/or updated reports Submit your abstract online at: wwwgeosocietyorg/sections/sc/2015mtg Then open the link “Call for Papers,” then open “Please submit your abstract online,”, then open “1 Theme Sessions,” then open “4 Evaporite Karst…,” then fill out the “Abstract Characterization” and subsequent links (and FINALLY, you are finished) The deadline for abstract submittal is December 16, 2014 Some of you reading this are not now working on Permian Basin evaporite karst, but I would appreciate it if you would pass this on to colleagues who may be able to contribute Thanks for your consideration of this request, and I look forward to hearing from (and seeing) many of you in Stillwater next March Ken Johnson, Retired Oklahoma Geological Survey. ...
by Jeff Green on 05 Sep, 2014
The State of Minnesota has positions open for hydrologists These positions include some for hydrogeologists The state’s employment websites are: http://mngov/mmb/careers/ https://statejobsdoerstatemnus/JobPosting If you are searching for a job, check the a state’s site regularly, as new positions are being posted there regularly. ...
by Alexander Klimchouk on 03 Sep, 2014
Mine Water Solutions is the second in an innovative new conference series that aims to examine a wide range of issues associated with mine water management in extremely wet, dry, and cold climates and with extreme hydrogeological and geochemical issues, including karst It will be held in beautiful Vancouver, Canada, April 12-15, 2015 Detailed information on the themes can be found at the Speleogenesis Calendar and at the Conference website. ...
by Nenad Buzjak on 03 Sep, 2014
by Speleogenesis News Manager on 16 Aug, 2014
Dr Rodrigo Lopes Ferreira of Brazil has announced the launch of the website of the Center of Studies on Subterranean Biology The address is: wwwbiologiasubterraneacombr There you will find information on main projects and papers, with lots of photos. ...
by George Veni on 07 Aug, 2014
For the past several years the US Geological Survey has worked on developing a new karst map of the USA Today they have released the map at: http://dxdoiorg/103133/ofr20141156 Unlike the previous version from 1984, you can download this report and its maps digitally, but you can also download the map for display in GIS and Google Earth software Additionally, the metadata (information sources) are digitally available The authors, Dave Weary and Dan Doctor, plan to accept comments on this work, acquire other data, and then supersede it within a few years with a more formal series of maps, including printed paper maps To send comments and for more information, visit the website above Please send this message to anyone who may be interested George ******************** George Veni, PhD Executive Director National Cave and Karst Research Institute 400-1 Cascades Avenue Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220-6215 USA. ...
by Matthew Covington on 01 Aug, 2014
This is the announcement of a Friends of Karst (FOK) meeting planned for this fall in Arkansas Most of you are familiar with FOK meetings held every year at GSA However, there is an older tradition of FOK meetings that consist of a few days of camping, talks, field trips, and caving I was unaware of this tradition myself until a couple of years ago when Albert Ogden hosted such a meeting To carry on this tradition of karst scientists gathering in an informal setting to share what we're working on and interact in the field, I am hosting a FOK meeting from September 17-21 near the Buffalo River in Arkansas We have a fabulous location near the confluence of the Buffalo and Little Buffalo Rivers in the heart of one of Arkansas' best caving areas You can register at the following link, and will find more information there More information will follow later to those who register, but also feel free to ask me if you have any specific questions or think a critical piece of info is missing from the registration site Due to the constraints of our meeting site, and a desire to keep the meeting small and encourage interaction, there are a limited number of spaces available So sign up soon if you want to assure yourself a spot I am sure I have missed some folks I should have included in this invitation, so feel free to send it on to people you think would be interested Matt ------------------------- Matt Covington Assistant Professor Department of Geosciences University of Arkansas Ozark Hall Fayetteville, AR 72701 webpage - http://wwwspeleophysicscom/ mcoving@uarkedu. ...
by Speleogenesis News Manager on 29 Jul, 2014
Physical Hydrogeologist; Assistant Professor of Geology West Virginia University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in the Department of Geology & Geography beginning August 2015 We seek applications from individuals with interests in basic and applied aspects of fluid flow in the critical zone and/or deeper regimes The successful applicant will possess demonstrable expertise in study of subsurface fluid flow and/or transport processes that may be applied to competitively-funded research problems Requirements include a PhD or equivalent degree in geology or a related field, potential to establish a vigorous externally-funded research program, and potential for excellent teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels Qualified applicants should submit to hydrogeo@mailwvuedu a single PDF file including: 1) statement of research interests; 2) statement of teaching philosophy; 3) curriculum vitae; and 4) list of 3 potential references Review of applications will commence on November 15 and continue until a successful candidate is identified For additional information, please see http://pagesgeowvuedu/hydrogeo or contact the search chair Dorothy J Vesper at djvesper@mailwvuedu WVU is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. ...
by George Veni on 28 Jul, 2014
I am happy to announce the call for abstracts for the 14th Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst Generally known as “The Sinkhole Conference,” for 30 years this conference series has been the premier conference for all aspects of karst geoscience and related engineering and environmental issues—and not just sinkholes The next Sinkhole Conference will be held in Rochester, Minnesota, on 5-9 October 2015, and jointly organized with the Minnesota Groundwater Association It should be an exceptional meeting! The Sinkhole Conference has a permanent website at the easy-to-remember address: http://wwwsinkholeconferencecom/ Bookmark and visit it for information on how to submit an abstract, find the deadline for the full papers, and other information, includes the proceedings of the 13th Sinkhole Conference for free download Also, visit our new “Destination” tab, which has a lot of great Information on Rochester, transportation, hotels, maps, dining, etc George ******************** George Veni, PhD Executive Director National Cave and Karst Research Institute. ...
News from Speleogenesis community:
Speleology in Kazakhstan
Hello everyone! I pleased to invite you to the official site of Central Asian Karstic-Speleological commission ("Kaspeko") There, we regularly publish reports about our expeditions, articles and reports on speleotopics, lecture course for instructors, photos etc Also we have forum there Site's language is Russian Welcome! --Aleksandr Shakalov. ...
New publications on hypogene speleogenesis
Dear Colleagues, This is to draw your attention to several recent publications added to KarstBase, relevant to hypogenic karst/speleogenesis: Corrosion of limestone tablets in sulfidic ground-water: measurements and speleogenetic implications Galdenzi, Sandro International Journal of Speleology, 2012, Vol 41, Issue 2, p 35-55 Speleogenetic effects of interaction between deeply derived fracture-conduit and intrastratal matrix flow in hypogene karst settings Klimchouk, AB, Tymokhina, EI, Amelichev, GN International Journal of Speleology, 2012, Vol 41, Issue 2, p 37-55 Hypogenic contribution to speleogenesis in a predominant epigenic karst system: A case study from the Venetian Alps, Italy Tisato Nicola, Sauro Francesco, Bernasconi Stefano M , Bruijn Rolf H C , De Waele Jo Geomorphology, 2012, Vol 151, p 156-163 L’altération de type "fantôme de roche" : processus, évolution et implications pour la karstification Quinif Yves, Bruxelles Laurent Géomorphologie : relief, processus, environnement, 2011, Vol 4 You can download these publications following the links to PDF files on respective original websites As a part of collaboration within the HypoKarst, we suggest that the project members inform each other about their own and other published works relevant to the topic An easy way to do this, and generally promote the readership for your papers, is to submit publications to the KarstBase through the online submission form (One needs to be registered to access the form) By including words “hypogene” or “hypogenic” in the keywords (if they are not present within the title), you’ll make the publication appearing in the respective search selection that represens current bibliography on hypogene karst/speleogenesis Check this link regularly if you want to stay updated on current publications in the field Best wishes! Sincerely, --Alexander Klimchouk and Yuri Dublyansky, HypoKarst Project coordinators. ...
The deepest terrestrial animal
A recent publication of Spanish researchers describes the biology of Krubera Cave, including the deepest terrestrial animal ever found: Jordana, Rafael; Baquero, Enrique; Reboleira, Sofía and Sendra, Alberto Reviews of the genera Schaefferia Absolon, 1900, Deuteraphorura Absolon, 1901, Plutomurus Yosii, 1956 and the Anurida Laboulbène, 1865 species group without eyes, with the description of four new species of cave springtails (Collembola) from Krubera-Voronya cave, Arabika Massif, Abkhazia Terrestrial Arthropod Reviews 5 (2012) 35–85 DOI: follow this link (information supplied by Sofia Reboleira). ...
Caves - landscapes without light
Exhibition dedicated to caves is taking place in the Vienna Natural History Museum The exhibition at the Natural History Museum presents the surprising variety of caves and cave formations such as stalactites and various crystals Several interactive installations are available as well as audiovisual room presenting current state of the art in current research findings 28 spectacular Austrian caves are presented Important goal of the exhibition is to demonstrate how Vienna is supplied by drinking water from karst areas. ...